I’ve always enjoyed walking! It’s such a great time to make new discoveries, enjoy God’s creation all around me, and enjoy time with My Creator!
There’s a path that I love to walk as I place my headphones in my ears, turn up my music, and start moving! My church has a rather large campus, and there’s no place I enjoy walking more than the pavement that surrounds it. It’s hard to explain really but I get this overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility. It could be because there’s no noisy traffic, no dogs chasing me, and no one around. I can simply walk, sing, and worship! It has often been my personal retreat when things got hard in my life and my tears have often floated upon it as much as the fallen rain.
As beautiful and quiet as it is, there’s one part of the trail that my legs have grown to dislike quite a bit, the lower parking lot. Better known to my body as the torture path! It’s really not as bad as my body whines about it being, but there is quite an incline on the way back up. These would be the moments that I have to press on a little harder with a little more focus.
During those uphill trudges when I want to stop, give up and sit down, it’s through God’s eyes that I have to look at the path before me. My eyes feel as if they are blind past the image of the climb, but His eyes see what He has for me far beyond the rough spots. I know that when I reach the top of the hill, it’s His strength that got me there, and I can stand in victory of the rising ground with my very own Rocky moment! Can’t you just hear the music playing all around as it echoes when we get to the top? Grab that visual with me in Rocky’s Victory Dance and hold on to it…
Okay, so maybe that’s just a tad bit over zealous, but hey what an imagination, right!? As we watch all of those people run with him and make the path with him right up to those stairs, what an amazing feeling to know we have God and His army with us every pound of the pavement and through every rough road! I can just imagine Jesus on that top step celebrating with us to our own melody of triumph!
Sometimes what God asks us to walk through in this life isn’t the walk we would choose for ourselves, but it’s one that allows us to make new discoveries about Him and who He is that maybe we wouldn’t have known otherwise. I don’t want to just walk in life, I want to run in faith and with perseverance because I know Who I’m walking with, and Who I’m running to! Just like Rocky did, I want to take off and go for it!
No matter where our walk takes us we can know without a shadow of a doubt that He’s always with us. There’s not one step that we take that His foot isn’t right beside ours. Every rock, every stone, every piece of piercing glass, He’s there! Just as He has led the Israelites through tough times, He leads us. It’s not what we’re walking on, but who we’re walking with. It truly is the only thing that gets me through without giving up or quitting!
I was reminded of this verse when my weaknesses bubbled up and flesh cried out during some of the tough walks of my life when I didn’t know what was ahead of us, and it found a place to settle deep in my heart, “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16.
Victory is ours because we are His!
Lord, when our walks become uphill trudges, remind us of Your truths and Your promises to never leave us. Lead us through these paths that we do not know, and guide us as you turn our darkness into Your light, and our rough places to level ground. Thank You for being faithful and never forsaking us, and for leading us to victory! ~In Jesus Name, Amen